How the cloud will shape the future of ECM

6 September, 2011 Leave a comment

Information Technology as we know it is changing fast and these changes will have a direct influence on the future of ECM. There is a number of factors that is working together to change the way that individuals and organisations will consume software and services. The rapid adoption of cloud solutions and cloud based services, new levels in mobility and a big move to social anything work together to change the way that content will be managed and accessed. In this article I’m not going to touch on mobility or social interaction with content, I’m going to purely focus on the cloud influence. The reason for this is that the cloud infrastructure and services is providing new ways for content creation and consumption for individuals and organisations alike. Read more…

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Social Content Management

29 August, 2011 4 comments

These days it is easy to start a new trend in Information Technology, just add either “cloud” or “social” in front of any existing technology, and there you go. As I’ve already written a couple of articles on cloud computing of late, I decided to add the “social” keyword in front of ECM and came up with Social Content Management. What actually started this article is a twitter jam session I followed a while back on the topic of social content management. It was a more technical orientated discussion, and the view was that current content management systems are ready to handle social content management, as most systems can already handle email and collaboration needs. Social content is just a step further in this evolution. However, the sales people keep on telling us that we need to buy extra systems and functionality in order to manage social media. Read more…

The convergence of ECM, big data, social and the cloud

18 July, 2011 1 comment

Enterprise content management is probably one of the most needed technologies that never really took off. Even in large organisations with a definite and well-defined content management policy, there is still a lot of manual content managed by employees on their computers. Content is still send through email and stored in various repositories across the organisation. Read more…

The cloud evolution

29 June, 2011 1 comment

I love how the IT industry can jump on the bandwagon. As soon as a new catch phrased is coined and shown to be a billion dollar market, you get new players, current players, corporates, specialists, contractors etc. etc. using the new “word” in everything. The marketing departments have a new moving target and do their best to show the whole world that they are indeed the leaders and the actual solution to meet the expectations of the market. The catch phrase today is cloud computing, and although it is not new, the marketing and vendor buy-in into cloud computing only started now.

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Anonymity vs Privacy vs Security

19 June, 2011 Leave a comment

The last couple of months Internet security has been making headlines thanks to a hacker group by the name of Lulzsec. Most prominently are their attacks on Sony which caused the PSN (PlayStation Network) to be offline for a month. The group claims that it is for the laughs and they are doing the world a favour by showing the vulnerabilities that exist in systems. They have a huge following on Twitter (187,000 at last count) and there is a lot of reaction on their exploits, mostly negative though. One thing that they do highlight however is that Internet security is still lacking and more active measures need to be taken.

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Weather forecast

12 June, 2011 Leave a comment

So what will the weather be like going forward, cloudy with rain or cloudy with sunshine? The fact is that the cloud is going to change things, but to what extend and what will the results be? What is the world going to be like after the cloud, but more importantly, how are we going to get there? Today I was astounded to meet someone working in the IT industry, a decision maker that did not know what the cloud is. And this person is working at a big enterprise. That is leading me to this question, how are we going to get there, because I think that is going to determine what we are going to have after the storm.

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iCloud: fluffy or not?

9 June, 2011 Leave a comment

There is now a lot of news around Apple’s iCloud, so I thought to throw in my two cents worth.

Firstly, I want to start off by saying that Apple has now taken over the marketing mantle from Microsoft and must surely be the best self marketing company out there. They know how to reach their consumers and more importantly, how to keep their consumers happy. This is a good thing! Secondly, my view on Apple is that they have very successfully changed themselves into a media company, with some great devices to make use of this media. Call it iMedia for lack of a better word, but they are really good at it, and they keep playing to their strengths, which is also a good thing! Read more…